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Nial Fuller

Professional Trader, Author & Coach

How To Trade Like The ‘Market Wizards’

wizardThe concepts and ideas discussed in this lesson are going to completely transform the way you think about professional trading. Hopefully the knowledge you learn here today will inspire you to change the way you trade, how you think and how you act into the future.  If you learn and apply these concepts, you will dramatically improve your trading performance.

This is by far one of the most inspirational and insightful articles I’ve written since  I started writing back in 2008. I have immensely enjoyed producing it and I must humbly thank my good friend Larry for his assistance with research as well as Jack Schwager and the numerous traders he interviewed, who are of course the true inspiration behind this article.

Enjoy…  Nial Fuller  – Australia.


Today’s article was inspired by the Market Wizards Book Series by Jack D. Schwager; one of my favorite authors. In the Market Wizards books, Schwager interviews various pro traders and picks their brains about how they became successful. One of the most intriguing aspects of the books that Schwager discusses at the end of The New Market Wizards book is that despite having vastly different trading styles, there are “certain principles that held true” for all the traders he interviewed. We will discuss some of these principles and more from the Market Wizards books in today’s lesson.

There really is a lot to learn from these two books and much of what they discuss is relevant to the style of trading we practice here at Learn To Trade The Market, i.e., position / swing trading on higher time frame charts. There are also a lot of relevant and helpful points on money management and trader psychology, these parts of the books are what I found the most fascinating.

To write today’s lesson, I had to get reacquainted with much of what’s in both of these books because it’s been a while since I first read them. Note: this article is a lot longer than most of my lessons, so make sure you have an extra thirty minutes and your favorite coffee or energy drink before you begin if you want to read it one sitting.

Below, I have provided some of my favorite quotes from the pro traders that Schwager interviewed followed by a synopsis of what I feel are the most important points to take away.

In the preface to The New Market Wizards, Schwager says

“In conducting the interviews for this book and its predecessor, Market Wizards, I became absolutely convinced that winning in the markets is a matter of skill and discipline, not luck. The magnitude and consistency of the winning track records compiled by many of those I interviewed simply defy chance.”

This quote, and the ones that follow, should provide you with a lot of motivation and insight into how professional traders think.

Tips From The Market Wizards


Michael Marcus:

“If trading is your life, it is a torturous kind of excitement. But if you are keeping your life in balance, then it is fun. All the successful traders I’ve seen that lasted in the business sooner or later got to that point. They have a balanced life; they have fun outside of trading. You can’t sustain it if you don’t have some other focus. Eventually, you wind up over-trading or getting excessively disturbed about temporary failures”

The above quote by Michael Marcus from Market Wizards, fits perfectly with our style of trading here at LTTTM. We focus on end of day trading methods and “part-time” trading. Essentially, what Michael is saying here is that if you let trading overtake your life, you will end up over-trading and getting too attached to positions. Just like anything else, you need a healthy involvement with trading, not an addiction to it.

Bruce Kovner

Position size. He traded much too big. For every one contract I traded, he traded ten. He would double his money on two different occasions each year, but still end up flat.

In the above quote, Bruce is talking about a trader he knew who he said was a “brilliant trader” but could never keep any of the money he made. He never kept the money he made simply because he traded too big of a position size for his account all the time. This leads to fear, greed and all kinds of emotional trading mistakes.

Whenever I enter a position, I have a predetermined stop. That is the only way I can sleep. I know where I’m getting out before I get in. The position size on a trade is determined by the stop, and the stop is determined on a technical basis.

Bruce is discussing the importance of having a predetermined stop loss in place whenever entering a trade. We talked about how to place stop losses according to the market structure in a recent article, and it agrees with what Bruce is saying that you should place your stop according to the technical picture of the market.

The problem with developing expert systems for trading is that the “rules” of the trading and investment game keep changing. I have spent some time working with expert system developers, and we concluded that trading was a poor candidate for this approach, because trading decisions encompass too many types of knowledge, and the rules for interpreting the information keep changing.

This quote supports the belief that humans make better traders than machines, or trading “robots”. In my article on the human mind vs computers in forex trading, we discuss how due to changing market conditions and other variables that are very difficult to put into computer code, humans still make the best traders. That is, at least until we develop some advanced form of artificial intelligence that can develop the type of discretionary chart reading skills that a human can, but to date that has not happened.

First, I would say that risk management is the most important thing to be well understood. Undertrade, undertrade, undertrade is my second piece of advice.

Kovner sounds like me in the above quote; I’m always preaching about trading less, not over-trading, simplifying your trading, etc. Clearly, this idea is not new, but beginning traders loooove to over-trade, and as you read on in this article you will see quotes from other market wizards who essentially preach the same “don’t trade unless there’s an obvious reason to” philosophy.

They personalize the market. A common mistake is to think of the market as a personal nemesis. The market, of course, is totally impersonal; it doesn’t care whether you make money or not. Whenever a trader says, “I wish,” or “I hope,” he is engaging in a destructive way of thinking because it takes attention away from the diagnostic process.

In the quote above, Kovner is basically saying that when you are “hoping” and “wishing” about a trade, it essentially means you’re trading with too much emotion and this clouds what should be an objective and logical chart analysis process.

Paul Tudor Jones

The Robin Hood Foundation GalaThat was when I first decided I had to learn discipline and money management. It was a cathartic experience for me, in the sense that I went to the edge, questioned my very ability as a trader, and decided that I was not going to quit. I was determined to come back and fight. I decided that I was going to become very disciplined and businesslike about my trading.

In the above quote, Paul Tudor Jones is reflecting on a very bad trade that he lost a lot of money on and how it drove him to be more disciplined and focus more on money management. You don’t have to wait until you have a near account-blowout trade (or an account blowout) to start managing your money properly and being disciplined. You can learn from other traders and start treating your trading as a business today.

The most important rule of trading is to play great defense, not great offense. Every day I assume every position I have is wrong. I know where my stop risk points are going to be. I do that so I can define my maximum possible drawdown. Hopefully, I spend the rest of the day enjoying positions that are going my direction. If they are going against me, then I have a game plan for getting out.

Don’t be a hero. Don’t have an ego. Always question yourself and your ability. Don’t ever feel that you are very good. The second you do, you are dead. My biggest hits have always come after I have had a great period and I started to think that I knew something.

The above quote talks about how Paul Tudor Jones focuses more on defending his capital and managing risk than on how much money he can make. If you focus on risk first then the profits will tend to take care of themselves. Also, in the second quote, he is talking about how becoming over-confident or arrogant after a series of winning trades is often the kiss of death for traders.

My major problem was not the number of points I lost on the trade, but that I was trading far too many contracts relative to the equity in the accounts that I handled. My accounts lost something like 60 to 70 percent of their equity in that single trade.

In the above quote, Tudor Jones discusses how if you risk too much relative to your account, you can lose almost all, or all of your account on one single trade. So, you’re not alone if you’re losing money, even the pros lost money while they were learning and improving. The difference is, will you learn from your big losing trades or will you continue to make the same mistakes? Pro traders like Paul Tudor Jones and others don’t typically make the same big mistake twice.

Richard Dennis

It was an intellectual experiment. We trained them as well as we could. That was the way to do the experiment right, I thought. I tried to codify all the things I knew about the markets. We taught them a little bit about probability, money management, and trading. It turned out I was right. I don’t say that to pat myself on the back, but even I am surprised how well it worked. It’s frightening how well it worked.

In the above quote, Richard Dennis is referring to the famous “Turtle Traders” experiment conducted by him and his trading partner William Eckhardt in the 1980s. Dennis is saying that the experiment proved that you could indeed teach complete beginners how to trade successfully with a simple set of trading rules and some insight from their mentors. This is more confirmation that forex trading can be taught successfully to people who are willing to be disciplined, even complete novices.

The key is consistency and discipline. Almost anybody can make up a list of rules that are 80 percent as good as what we taught our people. What they couldn’t do is give them the confidence to stick to those rules even when things are going bad.

On any individual trade it is almost all luck. It is just a matter of statistics. If you take something that has a 53 percent chance of working each time, over the long run there is a 100 percent chance of it working. If I review the results of two different traders, looking at anything less than one year doesn’t make any sense. It might be a couple of years before you can determine if one is better than the other.

In the above two quotes, Dennis is referring to the fact that many traders give up on their trading method the minute they hit some adversity. One thing you can’t do is ditch your trading method just because you hit a few losers. Any method or system will have losing trades, you measure the success or failure of a particular trading method over a large series of trades, not 3 or 4. So, you have to give any legitimate strategy enough time to play out before you cast judgement on it. Not having the discipline to stick to a trading plan or a trading method drives many traders to their trading “graves”.

I’ve certainly done it – that is, made counter-trend initiations. However, as a rule of thumb, I don’t think you should do it.

Richard Dennis was famously a very successful trend-trader and in the above quote he is stating his feelings on trading counter-trend. Interestingly, this is pretty much how I feel about trading counter-trend; sometimes it’s warranted, but most of the time it’s not, and it takes a skilled trader to be able to trade counter-trend successfully.

Ed Seykota

seykotaThe key to long-term survival and prosperity has a lot to do with the money management techniques incorporated into the technical system. There are old traders and there are bold traders, but there are very few old, bold traders.

The quote above by Ed Seykota refers to the fact that you won’t stick around very long if you continue to trade too “bold”. By “bold” he basically means risking too much per trade and / or over-trading…you can only be overly bold in the markets for so long…it will eventually catch up to you.

Fundamentals that you read about are typically useless as the market has already discounted the price, and I call them “funny-mentals”.

I am primarily a trend trader with touches of hunches based on about twenty years of experience. In order of importance to me are: (1) the long-term trend, (2) the current chart pattern, and (3) picking a good spot to buy or sell. Those are the three primary component of my trading. Way down in a very distant fourth place are my fundamental ideas and, quite likely, on balance, they have cost me money.

In the above quotes, Seykota is talking about how he doesn’t really use fundamental data to make his trading decisions; he is almost purely a technical trader. I agree with this totally and my price action trading strategies and trading philosophy reflect the belief that all fundamentals are factored into price and you can save a lot of time and stress by just learning to analyze price and avoiding forex news and fundamentals.

I prefer not to dwell on past situations. I tend to cut bad trades as soon as possible, forget them, and then move on to new opportunities.

Essentially, Seykota is saying “Don’t become emotional about losses”. Dwelling on a lost trade is only going to cause negative emotions and tempt you to try and “make back” the money you lost. Forget about your last losing trade and move on.

I feel my success comes from my love of the markets. I am not a casual trader. It is my life. I have a passion for trading. It is not merely a hobby or even a career choice for me. There is no question that this is what I am supposed to do with my life.

Whilst you don’t need to be glued to your screen all day and night, you do need to have some passion and interest in trading and markets, otherwise you will be forcing yourself to trade just because you want to make money. People who succeed at trading are those that have a genuine interest in the markets and in the art and skill of trading.

Having a quote machine is like having a slot machine on your desk – you end up feeding it all day long. I get my price data after the close each day.

Here, Seykota is talking about end of day data. I’ve been teaching traders the power and simplicity of trading “end of day” for years. It’s the perfect option for most traders, especially those first starting out or those who want to trade successfully with a day job.

Win or lose, everybody gets what they want out of the market. Some people seem to like to lose, so they win by losing money.

Seykota is talking about how people tend to indirectly let their emotions control their trading. He talks about one trader who “seems to get in near the start of every substantial bull move and works his $10 thousand up to a quarter of a million in a couple of months. Then he changes his personality and loses it all back again. This process is repeated like clockwork.” Many traders don’t even know that their emotions are guiding their trading more than logic or rationality, thus, they cannot keep their winnings or control their losers…because they are doing what feels good…thus they are “getting what they want”, if only temporarily.

Larry Hite

While the speculator doesn’t have the product knowledge or speed, he does have the advantage of not having to play. The speculator can choose to only bet when the odds are in his favor. That is an important positional advantage.

In the above quote, Larry is referring to the fact that smaller retail traders have the advantage of being able to sit out an wait patiently for the best opportunities. Bigger institutional traders have to trade more and whilst they might have a speed advantage, the retail trader has to use his advantage of being able to trade like a sniper to its fullest.

Frankly, I don’t see markets; I see risks, rewards, and money.

The above quote stresses the importance of seeing each trade as a risk reward ratio, rather than just a potential profit opportunity. Pro traders calculate their risk first and then their reward, if the risk reward ratio of a trade doesn’t make sense then they don’t trade.

Marty Schwartz

 I always laugh at people who say, “I’ve never met a rich technician.” I love that! It’s such an arrogant, nonsensical response. I used fundamentals for nine years and got rich as a technician.

In the above quote, Marty is clearly supporting the use of technical analysis over fundamental analysis. At the time the Market Wizards books were written; late 80’s early 90’s, technical analysis was not as widely accepted as it is today. As Schwartz said “I got rich as a technician”….it’s because all the fundamentals are factored into price, as I mentioned earlier.  As most of you know by now, I strongly believe traders should study charts and should avoid trading news & fundamentals like the plague.

Learn to take losses. The most important thing in making money is not letting your losses get out of hand. Also, don’t increase your position size until you have doubled or tripled your capital. Most people make the mistake of increasing their bets as soon as they start making money. That is a quick way to get wiped out.

Learning that you HAVE to take losses and HOW to minimize them are two very critical lessons you have to learn before becoming a pro trader. Also, I think what he says about increasing position size is interesting; it supports my view on measuring risk in dollars, not percentages…and he is also saying that you shouldn’t increase your position size too your account up a bit first.

James B. Rogers, Jr. (Jim  Rogers)  ‘The man in the bow tie’

jimrOne of the best rules anybody can learn about investing is to do nothing, absolutely nothing, unless there is something to do. Most people – not that I’m better than most people – always have to be playing; they always have to be doing something. They make a big play and say, “Boy, am I smart, I just tripled my money.” Then they rush out and have to do something else with that money. They can’t just sit there and wait for something new to develop.

I just wait until there is money lying in the corner, and all I have to do is go over there and pick it up. I do nothing in the meantime. Even people who lose money in the market say, “I just lost my money, now I have to do something to make it back.” No, you don’t. You should sit there until you find something.

I really like the part above where Jim Rogers says “I just wait until there is money lying in the corner…” because that really sums up what I try to teach my students as well as my own personal trading style. Rogers is dead on with the above quotes; most traders do WAY too much…there is nothing wrong with doing nothing if there isn’t anything to do! In other words…don’t force a trade if an obvious one isn’t there, it’s better to save your capital for a solid opportunity that’s just around the corner.

Mark Weinstein

It is experience and gut feel. I use all forms of technical analysis, but interpret them through gut feel. I do not believe in mathematical systems that always approach the markets in the same way. Using myself as the “system,” I constantly change the input to achieve the same output – profit!

In the above quote, Market Weinstein is referring to his style of trading which is based on technical analysis combined with “gut feel”. I talk about gut feel and discretionary trading skill and it’s really an important thing to develop as a trader. As you learn price action or any other strategy, you will naturally develop more “gut feel” and discretionary skill for applying that strategy in the market. Over time, this will increase your ability to select winning traders over losing trades.

Dr. Van K. Tharp

The top traders that I’ve worked with began their careers with an extensive study of the markets. They developed and refined models of how to trade. They mentally rehearsed what they wanted to do extensively until they had the belief that they would win. At this point, they had both the confidence and the commitment necessary to produce success.

When I read the above quote, the first thing I thought of was demo trading and learning to master your trading strategy before you try to trade it live. People who can apply more patience and discipline in learning and mastering their trading method before they go live will naturally have a far easier time making money in the markets than those who just jump in head-first with no plan of action.

Tips from The New Market Wizards


Bill Lipschutz

wlipschutzI don’t think you can consistently be a winning trader if you’re banking on being right more than 50 percent of the time. You have to figure out how to make money being right only 20 to 30 percent of the time.

Everyone should read the above quote again, and again. I have preached the fact that you can lose on the majority of your trades and still make money in many articles, yet I still get emails everyday from new traders who seem to be looking for the “holy-grail”. The truth is, many pro traders are not winning more than 50% of the time, but because their money management is so good, and their understanding of risk reward is so deep; they still make a sickening amount of money in the markets. Once you can learn that winning percentage doesn’t really matter and throw your ego in the garbage…you will probably start doing a lot better.

Randy McKay

I never try to buy a bottom or sell a top. Even if you manage to pick the bottom, the market can end up sitting there for years and tying up your capital. You don’t want to have a position before a move has started. You want to wait until the move is already under way before you get into the market.

This quote by Randy McKay speaks to the fact that trying to pick the top or bottom of a trend is futile, yet many traders try to do it. Indeed, it almost seems to be a part of our evolutionary wiring to want to try and be the “hero” and constantly pick the top of a big up trend or the bottom of a down trend. It’s far easier and more lucrative to wait for a trend to get underway and then trade with the trend until it ends.

William Eckhardt

William_EckhardtEither a trade is good enough to take, in which case it should be implemented at full size, or it’s not worth bothering with at all.

William Eckhardt was Richard Dennis’s trading partner and colleague for the Turtle Trader experiment. Eckhardt challenged Dennis’s belief that trading could be taught to anyone by saying that he thought trading success was more of an innate thing that could not easily be taught. Eckhardt admits in The New Market Wizards that he was wrong and Dennis was right; trading can indeed be successfully taught even to complete beginners.

In his quote above he is talking about something I have long believed in; either you take a trade or you don’t…I don’t like reducing my position size because I don’t fully believe in my trade. If I don’t fully believe in a trade setup than I simply don’t take it, and if I do believe in it then I risk my standard amount per trade.

I haven’t seen much correlation between good trading and intelligence. Some outstanding traders are quite intelligent, but a few aren’t. Many outstandingly intelligent people are horrible traders. Average intelligence is enough. Beyond that, emotional makeup is more important.

This quite is pretty self-explanatory; you don’t have to be smart to be a trader. Intelligence helps for sure, but emotional makeup and discipline is far more important.

The desire to maximize the number of winning trades (or minimize the number of losing trades) works against the trader. The success rate of trades is the least important performance statistic and may even be inversely related to performance.

In the above quote, Eckhardt is talking about how many traders tend to take small profits because they are more concerned with “winning” than with their long-term profitability. He also says that “While amateurs go broke by taking large losses, professionals go broke by taking small profits. The problem, in a nutshell, is that human nature does not operate to maximize gain but rather to maximize chance of gain”. In other words, it’s against our human nature to want to let our profits run into large winners, it’s easier and it certainly feels better temporarily to take smaller gains. This, of course, puts traders in a very tough position of having to have a high winning percentage of their trades to succeed long-term.

Monroe Trout

I don’t pull out any money. I rent my condo and I drive a cheap car.

The above quote by Mr. Trout is a good example of my minimalist approach to trading and life that I recently wrote about. Clearly, I am not the only person who has had this idea or who finds it appealing.

First, many people get involved in the markets without any edge. They get in the market because their broker told them that the market is bullish. That is not an edge. However, to tell the truth, most small speculators will never be around long enough to find out whether their system could have worked, because they bet too much on their trades, or their account is too small to start.

In this quote, Trout is right on in saying that many people begin trading without any edge. I get emails from traders everyday who clearly have not mastered any type of trading strategy (edge) yet are telling me they’ve already lost thousands of dollars in the markets. You have to have a trading method that gives you a high-probability edge in the market and you have to stick to it and not risk too much per trade, especially if you have a very small account. Otherwise, you won’t be around very long in the markets.

Stanley Druckenmiller

stanley-druckenmillerI’ve learned many things from him [George Soros], but perhaps the most significant is that it’s not whether you’re right or wrong that’s important, but how much money you make when you’re right and how much you lose when you’re wrong.

The above quote is reference to George Soros who mentored Druckenmiller for a while. This quote fits perfectly with an article I wrote recently about how you don’t have to be right to make money trading. Most traders get far too concerned about the number of winners they have compared to losers when really they should totally forget about that number and instead focus on their overall risk / reward. In other words, how much money are they making for every dollar they have risked.

Victor Sperandeo

When he finally got out, he felt a sense of relief – which is somewhat ironic since he had just lost 70 percent of his money. There’s nothing logical about this process. It’s all an emotional pitfall. Planning where to get out before putting on the trade is a means of enforcing emotional discipline.

In the above quote, Sperandeo is talking about the psychological process involved when a trader doesn’t have a predetermined stop loss and when the trade goes into negative territory and they keep thinking the market will turn around so they can get out at breakeven. He goes on to say that very often the trader exits when he feels the “onset of panic” and he can’t take anymore open losses against him…and typically it’s around that time or shortly after that the market reverses back in his favor. He talks about “emotional discipline” in other parts of the interview too, and it goes to underscore the fact that we need to take proactive steps to manage our emotions as we trade, otherwise they can very easily get out of control.

Tom Basso

tombMy reinforcement came when my losses gradually became smaller and smaller. I was getting very close to the breakeven point. I also kept my losses at a manageable level. I always traded a very small account – an amount that I could afford to lose without affecting my life-style.

The above quote is one of the key points that I talk about in regards to money management and risk management; never risk more than you are emotionally OK with losing. Basso is saying that when he was starting out he traded a small account that even if he blew-out it would not affect him or his lifestyle. I see many traders coming into the markets risking money they clearly can’t afford to lose, and this puts them behind the curve right out of the gate because they feel a strong emotional attachment to the money and thus to every trade they take.

I would tell that trader to think of each trade as one of the next one thousand he’s going to make. If you start thinking in terms of the next one thousand trades, all of a sudden you’ve made any single trade seem very inconsequential. Who cares if a particular trade is a winner or a loser? It’s just another trade.

The above quote was Basso’s response to a question from Schwager about what he would say to a trader who says he can’t stand to lose. Learning that any individual trade is really inconsequential in the long-run, is one of the main realizations that will help you detach yourself emotionally from your trades. Also, if you really understand and believe this, you should not have any desire to over-leverage your trades…because you know that it’s the series of trades over time that matters, not any one in particular.

Linda Bradford Raschke

It never bothered me to lose, because I always knew that I would make it right back. I always knew that no matter what happened, I could go into any marketplace, with any amount of money, and make a living.

The above quote by Linda Bradford Raschke was the main one that I remembered from her interview when I first read The New Market Wizards about five or six years ago. It is really a very motivating quote, because it basically says that once you have mastered your trading strategy, you should have the ability to go into any market and make money. This is especially true for a price action trader, since price action strategies can be applied to any market; once you master them you really can trade any market you want.

Al Weiss

The essential element is that the markets are ultimately based on human psychology, and by charting the markets you’re merely converting human psychology into graphic representations. I believe that the human mind is more powerful than any computer in analyzing the implications of these price graphs.

In the above quote, All Weiss describes the essence of price action trading; trading from the “graphic representations” of human psychology in the market, as well as other variables that affect a market. These “graphic representations” of different market variables are what I call price action, and a market’s price action reflects all the variables that influence it.

In Closing


I hope you’ve enjoyed this overview of some of my favorite quotes from Jack Schwager’s Market Wizards books. I actually had to leave out a few of the traders who were interviewed because this article was just getting way too long. But, I highly recommend everyone read the Market Wizards Series of books at some point in the future, because there’s a lot more to learn from them. You can buy these books here. Jack Schwager has also released a new edition to the series called Hedge Fund Market Wizards.

In all of my trading courses and teachings I draw great inspiration from the very same techniques, principals and philosophies put forward by the famous traders interviewed in the Market Wizards series. If you want to learn how to read the “graphic representation” of human psychology on the charts as mentioned by Al Weiss in his quote above, as well as more about the principles discussed today, checkout my price action trading course and traders community.

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  1. Yusroh Adesewa

    it is very interesting

  2. simon Longster

    Excellent article – thank you!

  3. alberto

    great really great article..gathering some great investorsxand traders and reminding the basics of this bussiness

  4. TOÀN

    thank you very much!!!

  5. Ifeanyi festus

    A big mindset changer
    Thanks Mr Nial.

  6. David Armour

    WOW… Whoa… GREAT READ NIAL… Thanks For That Compilation Of Great Traders Along With Your Breakdown And Details. Definitely Gonna Have To Read This Again… Thanks And God Bless…

  7. Ndifikepo Paulus

    Good article, will keep coming back to this article till it sinks in.

  8. David

    Thank you Nial for the lesson. It’s just as timely and valuable as ever, really appreciated.

  9. mejebih

    You have outdone yourself! This article is just brilliant. I will keep coming back to it often and will make a point of reading these books. Let me also take this opportunity to sincerely thank you for the good work you are doing. That stuff like this is all for free is just amazing. May God continue blessing you.

  10. Soroush

    sincerely i don’t this book and these quotes are about to help traders, simply a person who lose 60 percent of his trades will no longer be able to open a position because he fear of another lose and that is totally fair … except some of those mentioned above which were helpful, the rest was about to build losing mindset

  11. danny

    I love it. Greetings from jakarta indonesia.

  12. Roy Peters

    Excellent article.

    • Ferdous

      An excellent article I’ve ever read. Thanks Nial,you are really great.

  13. Matthew Guetan

    Hi Nial, Thanks for always bringing us great articles. I’d like to ask in your own perspective. How much is the decent goal equity percentage as monthly profit target. For example I have 1000k. How much do you think is a decent target monthly.

    Thank you.

  14. Jeremy

    The Market Wizards books are by far the best I have read on trading. I had just finished reading them again before your article popped up. Every trader should refer to them often.

  15. Kingfisher1978

    Great inspiration! Thank you.

  16. Bruce McCallum

    A great read. Inspires me to re-read the wizard books again.

  17. Nick

    Now this is awesome! Thanks Nial for writing this up for us.

  18. Donald (Groucho)

    Today is Saturday and I am alone in the shop (my wife has gone fishing). Excellent read!! The more times that I read these types of articles and watch the videos; the more it sinks into my hard head. During the weekend, I reflect on the previous week and think about what went right, what went wrong and what possible adjustments I might need to make to cut down or recognize the “wrongs” sooner. Reenforcing these messages will help my reflections about the previous week. Thank you.

  19. Greg

    Absolutely brilliant article-GOLD!! Why not learn from the best!! I certainly am!

  20. rajesh vishwakarma

    Nial ..thanks for such a good article .

  21. brown

    Thanks nail you give me a differentspepective towards trrading.thank you so much

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  23. Mahdi hatami

    Just another Great one! Thanks :-))

  24. Bruce

    Getting that trading is really all about money management, rather than winning 90% of your trades has taken all the pressure off of the psychological need to be some kind of magically gifted trading superstar. Great article, Nial. Material like this has literally changed my entire perspective on trading and how easy it can be when money management is focused on rather than winning trades. Thanks for the perspective. Very useful.

  25. Oleg

    Thank you Nial!
    A lot of useful information!

  26. yucef

    that’s great and wonderful, thank you nail

  27. Tim A

    Nial, I read those books about 10 years ago and then moved onto daytrading ignoring many of those principles. My thinking was it was all stuff that worked decades ago and that the markets had changed. After reading your article it makes me laugh at how everything I am doing now, which is working, is all the advice those Market Wizards had given. Thanks for this reminder, such a terrific article. I always read your articles and move on never to revisit them, but I will re-read this one every 6 months because it contains everything that works in Trading. Thank you.

  28. mbongeni

    Nial thanks for opening my eyes my mind,in short that what we call trading made easy

  29. Eric

    Thanks Nial for another really great article, you are my inspiration in forex trading. keep up the good work :-D.

  30. Yusuf Hammed

    What a plethora of experiences,knowledges also thank u for this one too my Master.

  31. Lionell Dixon

    Thanks for this article Nial. Ordering the latest book by Jack now!

  32. Damola

    What Olaitan said and a great motivational article.

  33. ojiaku john osondu

    you are a life saver, your the best.

  34. Sebastian

    Hey Nial, once again a great article about all the important guys and their rules in the market . cool stuff, like always-keep on trading!!!

  35. Olaitan

    Nial, I always bless the day I met you online.I am wondering what one will be gaining becoming a full member of your forum when you are giving all these free. I have bookmarked this article and will keep coming and re read again. You are simply the best my great mentor. Join you soonest

  36. Ivan

    Hi Nial, all the articles are awesome and so lucky to have you as my mentor. Thank you.

  37. abiodun

    Nial, u re just wonderful, just one of your articles even worth more than what those guys out there were selling for several dollars. keep ur good works going, u re God sent

  38. Mike

    look at market wizards now and then after you have a couple years experience look at it again….you can slice right through their experiences.

  39. Meg

    Legend! Agree re Nial being a Wizard too! :)

  40. BSmart

    Thank you for your awesome articles. I constantly reference them, and am grateful for your words and mentorship.

  41. Fidal

    Hi Nail, This’s again another very special bomb shell u have just relies, Am so happy to be part of your online FX student, each time i read your article i learn new things which is really keeping my spirit/moral high in the biz,,,,,,,thanks alot and God Blessing in Jesus Name……..Amen

  42. CSCFX

    Very very WELL WRITTEN !!!

    Nial is always the AUTHORITY !

  43. Pieter

    Thank you Nial, you are my greatest Forex Teacher.

  44. Michal

    Great article Nial,
    I am just setting up a live account. So this was a good reminder of how to behave when trading.

    Many thanks

  45. Wael

    Without any overstatement, it is a great article. I always wondering, why you Nial do this great support to our trading career free of cost. God bless you.

  46. Westwood

    great article, great lesson, and you Nial are a great mentor and I thank you.

  47. Merip

    Amazing, perfect, you definitely have to write a book!! I already need 10 copies :)

  48. Olatunde ademola

    Hi Nial,you are qualified as a ‘market wizard’ too.
    Real success lies in ‘DOING’ what you have been
    writing about.
    Last month was the most successful for me trading
    just because i followed one out of your
    your recommendations [ focus on one pair,one time frame,one trade setup,etc];since 2008.
    It was so exciting and comforting.
    You cannot but be blessed the MORE for SIMPLIFYING
    the ART of TRADING.

  49. Matej

    Thank you for that great article. You are sharing with us very important knowledge and experiences. Many thanks for that. I’m your follower for few months now and I will definitely stay one also in the future.

    I wish you all the best.

  50. Azam Ali

    Nial : 1 of your “best” articles I have read so far!You are the best !

  51. pezaro

    I always knew forex can be traded succesfully & consistently… few of your methods i applied has turned my acc around. Yours is the holy grail. “If there is.. U” RE a blessing our GENERATION!

  52. Andrea

    Great article Nial, and great quotes selection!

  53. Bob

    I have to say, for the most part, this article reinforces what I have been finding out on my own from two years trading a demo/small account/studying the forex market. That’s a good thing, I think :)

    Keep the articles coming, they’re good.

  54. Rahim Aziz

    Thanks much!!

    Nial you really have sepent a good time in it and a hard work to make this possible to give us this precious info, with the combination of master people along with you which will be teaching over decades ahead and we and our new buddies will surely remember your lessons and name (Nial Fuller) Thanks!!

    Rahim Aziz

  55. Pappico

    Hi Nial,

    In the very first quote in this article it has been mentioned that “…winning in the markets is about skill and discipline, not luck..”. I couldn’t disagree more.

    I believe all of us have been very very lucky; lucky to have found you as a teacher.

    Thanks for sharing your knowledge and wisdom mate!

  56. Kanz

    I totally agree that we do not need great intelligence to trade but I believe we need tons of wisdoms and self reflections to do it really well. I am actually quite astonished that you are so wise at such a young age. Certainly believe that learning to trade well can make wiser traders and wiser people at the same time. Great effort! Thanks so much!

  57. Libby

    Nial you are truly the best. Honestly believe that your course is the best on the market and I look so forward to receiving your weekly email lessons. I purchased The Market Wizards ebook and I am going to read it over and over until it sinks in. Thanks and God bless.

  58. Norman

    Hi Nial, what can i say, another wonderful article of you, just want to say it again that thanks for the valuable sharing and always appreciated for that, you are truly an excellent trader and mentor……thanks!

  59. Norman Chihota

    Great staff
    Market wizards inspire me and its a good idea that beginner traders read one or so of market wizard books before putting any dime in the markets .Its how these pros approach the markets ,control risk/manage their money and how they think as they trade which inspire me .

  60. Joeseph

    you article have been always helpful to me as a trader.

  61. jim duke

    MASTER !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  62. Jim

    Wow! Inspiring article! Truly reinforces your philosophy and methods! Can’t wait to get started!!!

  63. hatinder

    many times before I have thanked you but the more I do so the less it seems because you have changed my trading style from negative to positive thru your wonderful articles
    best regards

  64. Mithun

    Thank you Nial ! It was an awesome article .. Keep writing similar posts !!

  65. Tom Mlynek

    I just start read The New Market Wizards few days ago. This book is really one of the best. When I saw your post before reading I know that be as good as book, and I had right. Amazing article Nial, one of your best mentoring, maybe the best. Keep doing your job mate. I’m going to print it and put into my note and re-read many times. Cheers!

  66. james bakiza

    thax nail….gud stuff

  67. Anil

    Thank you Nial, for putting in the time and effort for a masterful article. This one is brilliant. God bless you.

  68. slivester

    thanks GOD.u sent me an inspirer and greaters mentor…thanks again Nial…God bless u for your great job..

  69. giwa

    Nice one , it is highly inspirational, thank you.

  70. Tshepo

    I loved the article, helps keep focus.
    Thanks Nail

  71. Lyte

    Oh yeah… Thanks Nial, Thanks Larry and thanks Jack!

  72. Lyte

    Thanks Nial. Today’s inspiring lesson is further confirmation to study “price action” is time well invested. I simply love trading.

  73. s.omar

    inspiring article , good job

  74. lloyd Mabheka

    Thanks a lot for a great article!!

  75. Linda

    Inspirational, Niall.

  76. samuel

    Nial,this article can’t be free!I want to pay for It!

  77. Hannelore

    Thanks Nial for another great article. We started your course half a year ago and have learned so much in that short time. It has been great.

  78. Rahwa

    I bought around handred books about trading the stock market and traded for about 10 years.I did not improved my trading method or my trading way. but after I started reading your article, I am marching toword my goal. May God bless you and your family.

  79. Grant

    Thankyou very much Nial – lots of great food for thought there. Have a great weekend.

  80. dberry Houston TX.

    Thank you Nial

  81. Tilip Kumar


  82. Darrell J

    Thanks for the lessons from some of the best traders in the world. You are truly a valuable source of information.

  83. Bratislav

    Great Lessons, thank you Nail…

  84. Surya

    For the past few days, I have been reading the Market Wizard books. They have some interesting and usefull information. But I have to admit that your articles have been more usefull than any of the books I have read.

  85. joe

    great job, Nial. A truly great reinforcing article.

  86. Alex Jordan

    The content that you always provide and in particular today’s article is proof that cream always rises to the top.
    Thank you Nial


    a big thanks,very good articles, you d best teacher

  88. Brett Reynolds

    I think this ‘one’ article is a succinct yet comprehensive summary of ALL the other articles and lessons on LTTTM. It will be Top of my read list whenever i need inspiration or ‘refreshing’ on any particular topic from now on.

  89. SUNIL

    Very interesting quotes providing insights into how the market wizards think and go about their job.

  90. Karl

    “The most important rule of trading is to play great defense, not great offense.”

    Right to the point.

  91. Czarek

    Nial, you are the wizard writer. Your teaching is “FX Yoda” master stuff.


  92. Nabs

    Excellent article ! Thank you would be an euphemism… We are all lucky to have met you, cause some of us will live their dream thank to you

  93. rajiv

    Very inspiring article
    All the successfull quotes match one way or the other to ur lessons and articles
    thnx Nial

  94. Henry

    Thanks Nial, your great sharing really inspires me. Your explanations are clear and I have to sit down and review my thinking and beliefs.

  95. paul .o.

    Hi Nial,
    I see you did a very big homework in getting an article on the PROFESSIONALS. Thanks for this article. Infact, you are reconstructing my pattern of trading to become better.
    Have a nice day.

  96. udofia

    wonderful piece…..immediately archived for continuous read.

  97. remigijus

    That’s good thank you !!

  98. Graeme

    Weird! I’m about 85% through the first Market Wizards book and then NIAL writes an article on it. Brilliant book and brilliant article. Thanks again Nial.

  99. Charles Boomer

    Hi Nial,
    I’ve got to agree with all of the above comments regarding this atricle.
    It has got to be one of the most inspirational articles i have read so far. Great reading for all those budding traders
    Great work.

  100. Steve

    Fascinating stuff!

    All I will add is: Believe in yourself and your abilities.

  101. Mike

    Fantastic article Nial, all very very interesting quotes but the most relevant to me is the one from

    Stanley Druckenmiller

    “I’ve learned many things from him [George Soros], but perhaps the most significant is that it’s not whether you’re right or wrong that’s important, but how much money you make when you’re right and how much you lose when you’re wrong.”

    That is real experienced advice.



  102. Tomson

    This is great for the inspiration and keeping the good mood up, great.


  103. PERI


  104. grant

    Hey coach,

    That was an amazing article thanks for taking the time to write it. So many good points to take away from it.

    Thanks Nial.

  105. Bieshia Bell-Gam

    Excellent stuff… Inspirational quotes all true. great job once again me fuller. It is my opinion that trading is 95% self discipline and 5% other stuff.

  106. Carmen

    Great one Nial!!

    What I’ve learned today from your article is the following:

    – Losing trades are oke
    – just trade the right set ups
    – Be patient
    – Be disciplined
    – your trade today, whether a winning or a losing one, is just one trade of a thousand. So don’t sweat it or be overjoyed.


  107. Miki

    Great article coach!!!

  108. ekla

    cool stuff

  109. mark crittenden

    Hi Nial, I don’t usually feel the need to send a reply but this is a really good article.
    I have read these books and many others and what you have done is like taking a big funnel and throwing all the junk about trading into it and filtered out the best 10% from the bottom. Then you did it again and again until you had just the very best .1% come out of the last filter.

    Well done Nial you obviously spent a huge amount of time preparing this……It should be compulsory reading for every budding trader.


  110. Eddie

    Hi Nial

    Another really good article which I thoroughly enjoyed reading!


  111. Pipstriker

    New forex traders can save themselves a lot of stress, heartache, and money, if they can tear themselves away from the 5 minute charts and start reading your articles!

  112. Alex Alden

    Absolutely fantastic! These quotes are gems, everyone of them teaches you something.

    How about another article with quotes from ‘Reminiscences of a Stock Operator’ another one of my favourite books.

  113. paul


  114. peter morris

    Hi Nial

    Thanks again for another great lesson.
    Your tips and help have really improved my trading skills since i started to apply them.
    I no longer have the fear that i used to have when entering a position,
    Just a combination of the daily chart, with clear resistance and support lines, plus a trend line, lets me know quickly if there is a trade here.
    I combine this with the pin bar reversals you teach, and sound money management, and I find myself a much better trader than i was a few weeks ago.
    Many thanks


  115. Shezan

    Thank you Nial. We are indebted to you.

  116. Habanahaba

    Hi Nial,

    You have outdone yourself! This article is just brilliant. I will keep coming back to it often and will make a point of reading these books. Let me also take this opportunity to sincerely thank you for the good work you are doing. That stuff like this is all for free is just amazing. May God continue blessing you.

  117. James Mboho

    In anything we become good at doing, there is always a mentor. The success stories will not be completed if we do not recognized and give credit to those mentors alias “MASTERS”. They all left a blue print for future Masters who are ready to Learn from them to make it right.

  118. Vartik

    wonderful article man!!!




    DEAR,MY ‘Prof’,I said last time that your LESSONS is the UNIVERSITY OF FOREX. You have made another WONDERFUL MARK again today with this post.

  121. Danny

    Nial, I have read over 20 books on trading and have been trading for over 10 years. YOUR STUFF IS STILL THE BEST of all the books, courses and sites I have read. I am your loyal follower. We all should thank you for your amazing effort in sharing your wisdom and knowledge.